Home Gym or Gym Membership

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    Jan 11, 2008 8:29 AM GMT
    I'm just wondering, are their any bigger benifits to actually going out to a real gym over getting a home gym (like bowflex or crossbow)? Other then being able to MAYBE afford a Personal Trainer to help you, would the potential workout suffer in home rather then in gym?

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  • MikemikeMike

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    Jan 11, 2008 9:05 AM GMT
    If possible, in my opinion, I think a gym is a better choice. If you prefer silience and like to workout alone u might find a home gym more your speed. I just feel even when I am not amp'd to go lift the gym once I get there I'm always glad I did!! I would get bored on a home gym. Not possible at my gym.

    Good luck.

    mike3
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    Jan 12, 2008 3:28 PM GMT
    I would go to a gym unless you are 100% confident in your workout routine and the variety you can provide yourself, not to mention your form when doing exercises. I find that having people around, especially staff, and a huge variety of machines, is more effective for me than staying at home to workout but thats me.
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    Jan 12, 2008 3:48 PM GMT
    I'm with mikeX3. My workouts are much more productive than when I had a weight bench at home. I also tend to work out a lot more at the gym. Too many convenient distractions at home.
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    Jan 12, 2008 3:53 PM GMT
    If you're at all like me, you'll need a gym that has other people there when you're working out. If I don't see other people in pain, I can't take my own pain. Also, you pick up a lot of exercises watching other people. Don't watch too hard, people get nervous. It's also a way to make new friends, sometimes. Plus, you get to spend some time in the locker room. icon_biggrin.gif
  • twostroke

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    Jan 12, 2008 3:56 PM GMT
    i used to be a member of a gym but found that it was a bit crowded -in the evening after work-. also i felt tired from work so i found it hard to find my own rhythm and... not cheap. i now am a member of a swimming pool which i enjoy very much and got myself a home-gym to balance it out.
    advantages: it´s there all the time (and i use it too everyday a little). i can put music, don´t have any pressure to wear the latest gym fashion, use it with my partner, etc. and it´s much much cheaper.
    disadvantages: you have to have space, limitations on range of exercises (but you can improvise a lot i found). probably less social (though considering i´m gay, going to a pseudo-straight gym... i can do without).
    overall: having tried both i´m happy with a home-gym.
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    Jan 12, 2008 4:02 PM GMT
    I agree with Mike3 and Luckydog. While a home gym might be more convenient, I find that I get better work-outs with a gym membership. More variety in equipment and once I am at the gym, I'm not tempted to do other things like I would be at home (fewer distractions with the exception of some of the eye candy...)

    For me, going to a gym also offers the ability to learn something that I can add to / change up in my work-out by watching and learning from other guys as well as having spotters when I need one.

    I think a downside to a gym membership is the temptation to socialize. I am pretty disciplined but I've had friends that think we are there for drinks and discussions.

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    Jan 12, 2008 4:02 PM GMT
    absolutely a bigger gym is better! It's not just for motivational purposes, though. When I lived in an apartment several years ago, I used its gym, which really wasn't bad--much bigger than any home gym could be. But I didn't get anywhere until I joined a real gym that had so many more options for working out. As you'll see in many other posts, varying the workout is the key to avoiding stagnation, and the gym lets you switch out exercises so much easier. shop around, though. Consumer Reports just rated gym options in their latest issue.